Shoni Heading for Playoffs
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ATLANTA — Atlanta Dream rookie Shoni Schimmel is heading to post-season play as the Atlanta team clinched its sixth consecutive playoff berth in the franchise’s seven-year history.
Schimmel, a tribal citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, plays off the bench in her first season as a professional. Even so, Schimmel is a huge draw in arenas around the country. On July 19, she won the WBNA All-Star Game MVP at the US Airways Center in Phoenix.
Last night in the same arena, Schimmel scored 13 points and had five assists in front of hundreds of American Indians who came to see her play before a crowd of 12,346, which represented 3,000 more fans than the average home Phoenix Mercury home crowd.
”It’s something about this gym, she loves it,” Atlanta assistant coach Karleen Thompson said. ”Not to mention the crowd, I mean everywhere we go, it’s great. It’s just great for the league.”
With six games remaining in the regular season, Atlanta currently leads the Eastern Conference by 3.5 games with a record of 17-11. The Dream, which won Eastern Conference Championships in 2010, 2011 and 2013, is battling to secure the East’s No. 1 seed for the first time in team history.
Atlanta is currently the only team in the WNBA to have qualified for the playoffs in each of the past six seasons. Indiana, which ranks third in the East, and Seattle, the West’s last-place team, are the only other teams that could still join the Dream for that distinction.
Atlanta Dream playoff tickets are available for purchase by calling (877) 977-7729 or visitingwww.AtlantaDream.net.
The 2014 WNBA playoffs presented by Boost Mobile tip off Thursday, August 21. The Conference Semifinals and the Conference Finals are each best-of-three series. Series are played in a 1-1-1 format, with the team with home-court advantage (better record) hosting Games 1 and 3, and their opponents hosting Game 2.
The WNBA Finals is a best-of-five series played in a 2-2-1 format, with the team with home-court advantage hosting Games 1, 2, and 5 while its opponent hosts Games 3 and 4.